Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Nordics

  • When:Thursday, 28 November 2019
  • Time:7.55am – 4.35pm
  • Venue: Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
    Kalvebod Brygge 5
    Copenhagen 1560
    Phone: +45 88 33 99 00

Nordic Noir – Applying 20/20 Vision to the Banking Scandals of 2019

This full-day event focuses on a disruptive year in anti-financial crime.

We will conduct a blameless post-mortem on the banking scandals in the region, and explore how to best move forward in a year that will also see the transposition of the 5AMLD. Furthermore, we’ll uncover the role of RegTech in collaboration.

The programme also includes a highly interactive training session that will teach you how to integrate an impactful AML training programme into your FCC regime – that both ticks the box and thinks outside it.

Our programme director, Rajeev Ahya, talks more about the programme in this post.


7:55 – 8:55 Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:55 Welcome
9:10 Opening Remarks
9:30 Mammon: Uncovering the Truth Behind Data Leaks, Banking Scandals and Laundromats
10:15 – 10:45 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 Borgen: Lowering the Drawbridge on Regulation
11:35 The Bridge: Man, Meet Machine
12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 AML Training Session
The Team: Arm Your People to Fight Financial Crime
14:30 – 14:50 Networking and Refreshment Break
14:50 AML Training Session continued
15:30 Bordertown: Sanctions… a Less Than Peaceful Life?
16:30 – 16:35 Closing Remarks


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$595 USD $695 USD

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Koos Couvee
  • Koos Couvée

  • Senior Reporter, Europe


Koos Couvée has been ACAMS’s European reporter since October 2017 and is responsible for covering the development of laws, regulations and compliance procedures designed to clamp down on illicit finance in the United Kingdom and European Union. Prior to joining ACAMS, Koos worked as a news journalist at various regional and national newspapers based in London.

Miriam Gyllenros


Mrs. Gyllenros is the Head of Internal Audit for Danske bank in Sweden, the fifth largest bank in Sweden. She has experience in a vast array of financial service related issues, with particular expertise in regulatory oversight, policy and governance, anti-money laundering (AML), privacy and terrorist financing (CTF).  

Prior to joining Danske bank, she has held several positions in all three lines of defence as Compliance Officer, Senior Advisor and Senior Regulatory Expert for large multinationals such as Citibank, GE and Nordea.  

Mrs Gyllenros holds a Master of Law from Stockholm University and several certifications from the Institute of Internal Auditors; Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA). 

Mrs Gyllenros is a sought after speaker and has also participated as a delegate and a speaker in ACAMS Nordics Chapter events, the European ACAMS AML & Financial Crime Conference and has also served as a member of the IIA Sweden Chapter group for audit executives.  

Karl-Johan Karlsson


Karl-Johan Karlsson is the Head of Compliance at Handelsbanken in Denmark and the Co-Chairman of the ACAMS Nordics Chapter. He began working in the financial services industry in 2001 and has held several senior and management positions in both risk and compliance. Karl-Johan was among the first in Europe to earn the Certified Advanced AML Audit Specialist (CAMS-Audit) credential from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

Ole Kirk
  • Ole Kirk

  • AML Senior Officer
  • Arbejdernes Landsbank


Ole Kirk is a former IT developer and business analyst. He has spent twenty years dealing with incomplete data, and working together with users to obtain useable information out of the data available. Through years of experience, Ole understands that data is integral to businesses, but also that there is no such thing as plug ‘n’ play when it comes to “new” technology, and there is no easy fix for bad data.

Prior to his current role at Arbejdernes Landsbank as Senior AML Officer, he was responsible for maintaining and developing Danske Bank’s transaction monitoring platform for six years. Before this, he had a similar position with Danske Bank’s internal audit rooting out internal fraudsters.

Marie Lundberg
  • Marie Lundberg

  • CAMS, CFE, Co-Chair ACAMS Nordics Chapter and CEO
  • ACRONYM Consulting AB


Ms. Marie Lundberg is the founder and CEO of Acronym Consulting AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a financial crime specialist with more than two decades of experience within the financial sector, including investment firms, large internet banks, payment service providers, traditional and private banking. Her area of expertise includes anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, sanctions and counter terrorism financing.

Ms. Lundberg is a firm believer of using analytics and the importance of knowing and understanding your data, as well as your customers. Awareness, a solid risk management program and education is in her opinion a few of the keys to combat financial crime.

She has extensive international experience, working mainly in the Nordics, Europe and the UK. Marie is also a Certified Fraud Examiner by ACFE as well as a public speaker and thought leader in this area.


Sofia Arveteg


Sofia Arveteg is a lawyer heading the privacy services at Transcendent Group. She supports organisations with data protection and IT law, and has the privilege of working as an external data protection officer to several organizations across different sectors. She has previously been working as an in-house legal council within the software development industry and has an additional Master’s Degree from Chalmers University of Technology. Sofia is appreciated for her practical approach and solution-oriented mindset.

Simon Bendtsen


Simon Bendtsen is an editor and investigative reporter at the danish daily Berlingske. Together with two colleagues, he uncovered the money laundering scandal in Denmarks biggest lender, Danske Bank.

James Buttimore
  • James Buttimore

  • Head of KYC Risk Processes, Financial Crime Risk Management
  • Nordea


James Buttimore leads the KYC Risk Processes team within Group Financial Crime Prevention at Nordea. The team is responsible for defining KYC requirements for individual and corporate customers and correspondent relationships. Prior to this role, James was responsible for KYC requirements in Nordea’s Wholesale Banking business area. A key highlight from this role was the implementation of common KYC requirements and a KYC Tool in nine countries.

James has a risk management background. Prior to specialising in financial crime, he developed his risk management experience in Nordea’s Group Internal Audit, and EY Advisory Services (New Zealand). James is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and was previously a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Chartered Accountant (CA).

Paul Coady
  • Paul Coady

  • Head of Anti-Financial Crime (Americas) Development
  • Deutsche Bank


Paul Coady has over 20-years’ experience in global financial services. He has worked in Dublin, London and New York and has led significant compliance and financial crime operations and transformation across the UK, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

His particular focus over the last 15 years has been on influencing compliance, conduct and culture and he has held senior roles as the Business Ethics, Policies & Training Manager for Allied Irish Bank, Global Chief Compliance Officer for DBRS Credit Rating Agency and Group Head of Compliance Policy & Learning for Barclays.

Paul is currently Head of Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) Development for Deutsche Bank in New York having previously established their Global Conduct, Organisation & Regulatory Education (CORE) and Global Anti-Financial Crime Education programs.

Rob de Ridder


Rob has a broad and deep understanding of banking operations, with more than 30 years’ experience in transaction and corporate banking operations. His operational responsibilities have included running organisations of up to 7,500 FTEs across 50+ countries with major operation hubs in Lithuania, Denmark, UK, US, India, Ireland, Singapore, Brazil, the Netherlands and Poland.

For more than four years Rob has been taking Danske Bank’s operational functions on a journey from being a task oriented back office to a customer centric organisation with around 4,000 people sitting across six countries organized around customer journeys with a relentless customer process improvement and digitalization focus.

Markus Maeker
  • Markus Forsman

  • Deputy Director- Banking Unit
  • Ministry of Finance- Sweden


Markus Forsman is the head of the Swedish government’s delegation to the FATF, and a Deputy Director at Sweden’s Ministry of Finance, where he has worked since 2012.

Previously, he worked in the private IT intelligence and financial sectors in several European countries. He has degrees in politics from the universities of Cambridge and Uppsala.

Erling Grimstad
  • Erling Grimstad

  • CEO and AML Advisor
  • Advokatfirmaet Erling Grimstad AS, Norway


Erling Grimstad assists clients to prevent and detect fraud and corruption. He provides advice and defense counsel to companies facing the risk of non-compliance or enforcement actions, financial losses and other risks following from the suspicion of non-compliance.

He is one of the most experienced investigation lawyers in the Nordic area. This includes experience from high profiled cases in various business areas.

Erling is trained and educated as a lawyer, senior public prosecutor, and police investigator. He brings more than 30 years of experience from compliance, investigative and advisory services. Erling has been responsible for developing anti-corruption, anti-fraud and anti-money laundering programs in various industries.

Erling is the founder of Advokatfirmaet Erling Grimstad AS –

Jeppe Kromann Haarsted


Jeppe Kromann Haarsted is responsible for the group compliance function in FLSmidth, a Danish mining and cement equipment supplier. His areas of responsibility covers anti-corruption, competition law, trade compliance and human rights as part of the Group Legal team. Over the last couple of years, we have completed more than 900 due diligence screenings in-house as well as several hundreds of internal investigations. FLSmidth is a founding member of the Compliance in Mining Network, which is a growing global stakeholder network of companies in the mining industry aiming at improving the standards of compliance in the industry and initiating shared compliance solutions.

Previously, Jeppe worked with public sector and civil society anti-corruption efforts in Africa, the former Soviet Union as well as compliance in the medical device sector.

Jeppe lives near Copenhagen, Denmark with his wife and two small children.

Axel Gordh Humlesjö


Axel Gordh Humlesjö (b. 1986) is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed investigative reporter at the Swedish public broadcaster – SVT.

He specializes in organized crime, corruption and digital research.

In 2018 he led an international group of reporters in an investigation of the murder of two UN experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His latest project exposed systematic money laundering from Russia through Swedbank, Scandinavia’s largest bank.

  • Winner of US Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, Best broadcast 2019
  • Winner International Emmy Award, Current Affairs 2019.
  • Winner Swedish Journalism Award, Best investigation, 2019.
  • Winner Prix Europa, Best investigative documentary, 2019.

Matis Maeker
  • Matis Mäeker

  • Head of AML/CFT Supervision Department
  • Estonian FSA


Matis Mäeker is the head of AML/CFT supervision department at Estonian FSA with 8 years of experience in the AML/CFT sector.

Matis has great knowledge of compliance matters vis-a-vis all financial services. He has conducted many on-site and off-site inspections in all financial institutions and is the author of Estonian Financial Supervision Authority’s AML/CFT guideline.

Matis has been involved in the national risk assessment of Estonia and has participated in MONEYVAL 5th round mutual evaluation of Isle of Man as a financial evaluator.

Miranda Patrucic


Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan’s and Montenegro’s ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling, the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money. 



Sam is a financial crime prevention professional with over 15 years of practical experience in compliance. Sam holds a number of qualifications and is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field of financial crime. Sam’s previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer, CCO and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions, both offshore and in Europe.

Sam also worked offshore for several years as the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey and subsequently set up the financial crime division, overseeing the examination of a variety of financial institutions. She continues to maintain ongoing engagement with other regulators on financial crime matters.

Sam has extensive training experience in the field of financial crime prevention and corporate governance matters. She has most recently been involved in projects related to FinTech businesses and the use of RegTech, to mitigate financial crime and list management relating to the screening of customers and third parties. Sam most recently worked with ACAMS Europe as its AML Director.

Sam is recognised by ACAMS as a subject matter expert in sanctions and has co-authored a number of online certificate courses, facilitated working groups on 4/5AMLD in Europe and is a recognised subject matter trainer on financial crime. Originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada, Sam holds a Bachelor of Public Administration and a Law Degree, in which she is qualified as a barrister and solicitor. In addition, Sam holds her Master’s in Business, specialising in risk management.

Pekka Vasara
  • Pekka Vasara

  • Head of the AML Division


Is currently Head of the AML Division for the Finnish Financial Supervision Authority and was appointed in May 2019. He also holds various other positions including the Chair of the Egmont Policy and Procedure Working Group, FATF team member and is an EN FIU platform representative.

Pekka has previously held various posts within the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), including the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), as a lawyer (1998-2001), a leader of investigation (2001 – 2007), and the Head of FIU (2015-2019).

Pekka has a Higher Diploma in Law from the University of Helsinki and was a Practicant in court at the Helsinki City Lower Court (competence to stand as a judge) in 2009.

Martin Walker
  • Martin Walker

  • CIO, Head of Data & Analytics
  • Nordics KYC Utility AB


Martin is responsible for Information Management & Technology within the Nordic KYC Utility. Martin joined the Nordic KYC Utility project in September 2018 and has been responsible for developing a Data Strategy to enable the KYC Utility’s core business of managing KYC CDD cases and Customer Data. Martin has led the evaluation and selection of vendors and is now managing the implementation of the data platform and internal IT. Prior to joining the Nordic KYC Utility Martin was Chief Information Architect at Nordea, and Head of Technology Advisory services at Deloitte in Sweden.


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